Human Growth hormone is a water-soluble hormone comprised of a amino acids that introduce a series of chemical reactions to change the cell's metabolism also known as a peptide hormone. It primarily promotes tissue growth and repair. Human Growth Hormone is produced by the pituitary gland and is active in most people when they are children up to young adults. During this period it is responsible for natural and rapid growth. Human Growth Hormone acts on the liver, producing IGF-1( insulin like growth factor -I). Together IGF-1 and GH helps regulate metabolism and maintain normal brain and cardiac function.
Human Growth Hormone secrets in short burst naturally. However, as we age, the amount of secretion decreases. This reduction in Growth Hormone secretion directly corresponds to the increase in age related issues such as reduced muscle mass, reduced bone density, mental acuity, sleep disorders, fatty weight gain.
Studies have shown however that there are ways to increase the secretion of HGH by making certain lifestyle changes.
Fat stored in the abdominal area impairs the secretion of HGH. If you lose body fat and keep it off, this will improve your bodies secretion of HGH.
Insulin is a major direct HGH blocker. Certain foods when eaten cause insulin spikes that cause the blockage of HGH. If you avoid these foods your HGH secretion can be increased. Foods such as white bread and sugar, white rice, potato chips, cookies, soda, and processed fruit juices Replace those foods with nutrient and fiber-rich beans, whole fruits, vegetables, and nuts, and realize less insulin spikes, higher HGH secretions, weight reduction and more regular bowl movement.
The vast majority of HGH secretion occurs at night during deep sleep. Poor quality sleep can substantially reduce HGH secretion. Improve the quality of your sleep by keeping regular bedtime and wake up time, keep light and noise away from your sleep area, and avoid alcohol and caffeine 4 hours before bedtime.
Amino acids found in protein help HGH secretions. A high protein but low carbohydrate snack before bedtime will minimize insulin release and supply the amino acids to your body to help HGH secretion at night while you sleep.
Exercise is good for increasing your HGH secretions. So just being active, can help your HGH secretions, but the type of exercise and the duration and intensity can optimize the benefit you get.
The effect of a healthy lifestyle is twofold, first it will improve your natural secretion of HGH, and secondly affect you physically and mentally from an anti aging perspective.